Dublin Edition of Blackstone's Law Tracts, Eller 239 Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. Law Tracts, Containing, I. An Essay on Collateral Consanguinity, Its Limits and Duration. II. Considerations on the Question Whether Tenants by Copy of Court Roll, According to the Custom of the Manner, Though Not at the Will of the Lord, Are Freeholders Qualified to Vote in Elections for Knights of the Shire. III. The Law of Descents in Fee-Simple. IV. The Great Charter and Charter of the Forest, With Other Authentic Instruments: To Which is Prefixed an Introductory Discourse Containing a History of the Charter. Dublin: Printed for Elizabeth Watts, 1767. vi, 136, , 87, cxiv, , 105,  pp. Two copperplate tables (of consanguinity and descents). Octavo (8" x 5"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, retained, rather worn, early lettering piece, blind fillets and gilt publication date to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing and faint early marks in pencil in places, light foxing and soiling to tables, light soiling and a few tiny early marks and doodles to title page. $1,500. * Dublin reprint (in one volume) of the first (two volume) Oxford edition (1762). This book collects four essays by Blackstone that were published before he began work on the Commentaries (published 1764-1769). Material from the first three essays, which were originally published in 1750, 1758 and 1759, were incorporated into the Commentaries. The final essay, a critical edition of Magna Charta with an interpretive essay, was originally published in 1759. The first critical edition of the charter, it established Blackstone's reputation. According to Eller, there is no bibliographical record of a second edition, so she cites this as the following edition. Due perhaps to a typographical error, Eller's collation omits the 87-page Treatise on the Law of Descents. Eller, The William Blackstone Collection in the Yale Law Library 239. Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone 552.
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